Following a talk last summer by the Women’s leader of the Newcastle Emlyn congregation, the women were invited to set a goal of knitting at least 50 items that would be useful to the refugees in Syria e.g. scarves, hats etc.
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The women willingly agreed to accept the challenge to help those in need. For the next five months, they made time in their busy lives and knitted. The young women were encouraged to join in and set one activity a month to spend time to learn to knit. Some women, together with the children in the congregation, met one afternoon a month to come together and knit either using modern looms or the more the traditional way with needles. The time spent knitting helped the women to relax, to feel the Spirit, and let the love of the Saviour be shown through them in practical ways.
By the deadline the women and young people had knitted together a total of 177 scarves, hats, blankets and jumpers only had the participants exceeded their goal, provided service to those in need but had also increased the temporal self-reliance of their families. Surely it can be said of the Women of Newcastle Emlyn that they did an ‘extraordinary thing’ (Emma Smith, Nauvoo, 1842).